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Chuck Close: Work Hardcover – April 20, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791344668
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791344669
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 11.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Christopher Finch has written the most thorough consideration of Close's life and work yet. His massive book handsomely illustrates every phase of Close's art and every stage in its making." - Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle. Chuck Close: Work - brings all [Close's] work together, and the result is astonishing. Like all great art, Close's is work that demands to be reckoned with - work that forces us to shift our perspective." - Michael Hainey, GQ --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Now available in a revised and expanded edition, this book offers the first comprehensive critical examination of one of America's most celebrated living artists. Chuck Close reinvented portraiture almost four decades ago with a series of nine-foot-tall, black-and-white likenesses of himself and fellow artists, which astonished an art world dominated by minimalism and conceptualism.

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This book is large!
Ward J. Lamb
Christopher Finch has done a wonderful job of revealing both Chuck Close the man and the artist.
Alan Fishman
The book measures ~ 12" x 14" and feels like it weighs about ten pounds!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ward J. Lamb VINE VOICE on November 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is large! And it has excellent reproductions and bio of the life of this magical man. Chuck Close has made a career,while battling disabilities that would have stopped lesser men.Christopher Finch noted art writer,assists Close in making this book autobiographical and personal,like the unpretentious Mr. Close.
The author and the artist together guide you through the evolution of Chuck Close noted modern portrait artist. You follow from air brush, to finger painting,collage disc painting, to the new color geometric masterpieces.
Chuck personally supervised color choices in the lay-out and it is truly impressive. 95 percent of his major work is here. Self portraits,friends , his wife etc. are all vividly executed. Seeing Chuck in action shows the scale of the major works!The works are huge,and the pictures show the studio environment he works in.
I was fortunate to attend his lecture,with both men ,and it Chuck says this is the definitive book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Bohac on January 16, 2008
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This really does not need to be that long. I am a huge fan of Chuck Close and have been so for years now. My personal library reflects this, with four other books and catalogs spanning his career. These books get brought out on a semi-consistent basis, as they all have something important to say about this mans art.

"Chuck Close: WORK" is a definitive piece that fills in any small holes about the story of this artist that might be obscured in some out of print catalog, as well as talking heavily about his process. If you are in the market for a book that gives the full Chuck Close biography while supplementing itself with beautiful illustrations and plenty of dialog about his process, do not hesitate to purchase this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Fishman on November 11, 2007
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Christopher Finch has done a wonderful job of revealing both Chuck Close the man and the artist. This one of the best art retrospectives I have ever actually 'read' and enjoyed.

I too had a chance to hear both artist and author speak this week. While Chuck did say this is the definitive book on his work one can hope that he still has many productive years left to continue to awe and amaze his many admirers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By craig61 on June 21, 2012
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Yes, its a big book and it's a great one about a great living artist. The story here is about the process Chuck Close goes through to overcome obstacles and the process of how he approaches creating portraits that are truly unique. In fact its the various limitations he is faced with that cause him to make some of the best portraiture ever seen. Not only does the reader get insight into Mr. Close's artistic skill and technique but the reproductions of the paintings and various prints are gorgeous. Perhaps the most inspirational thing about the book, and it could be said about Close himself, is the drive he has to make wonderful work with no sign of a physical disability that would overwhelm the average person. I highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan C. Mack on November 19, 2008
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I enjoy this book very much and keep it open in the studio to study a painting for a while. It is remarkable to see so many paintings that come forward out of pure color shapes. It is full of well written commentary too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By East of the Mountains on June 1, 2008
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Excellent reproductions and very informative text. A good resource book for artists and students. Worth the cost to have this one in your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter on September 16, 2010
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Probably the best book I've ever had. As a painter I like the big good quality pictures and method pictures. This is it. Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Grace on August 25, 2010
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This was a birthday gift for my husband. He already had the companion book, "Life". He had been coveting this book for awhile, then saw the Chuck Close exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery in D.C. He HAD to have it after that. Very nice paperstock.
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